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Brilliant Barham blows Bill away

PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 September 2017

Peter Barham with his trophies presented by Keith Riley group president

Peter Barham with his trophies presented by Keith Riley group president

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Nelson takes the Geoff Hatfield Trophy but it is South Woodford man who takes blue riband event

Peter Barham and Bill Nelson after Champion of Champions matchPeter Barham and Bill Nelson after Champion of Champions match

South Woodford bowler Peter Barham is the toast of Group 5 after dispatching Bill Nelson of Ford Sports to lift the Champion of Champions Trophy on Finals Day on Sunday.

Old Dagenham was the venue for the finals and Barham came up against a Ford Sports man who had already won the Geoff Hatfield Trophy at the beginning of the day.

“Some years it goes for you and this was my year,” summed up Barham after his emphatic 21-6 victory.

“It has been a great summer for me. Against Bill you just have to bowl a good length. You need to get that first wood on, put him under pressure.”

Bill Nelson with the Geeff Hatfield TrophyBill Nelson with the Geeff Hatfield Trophy

Barham certainly did that and though Nelson did pull it back to 5-3 at one stage, the South Woodford man slowly pulled away, nuch to the Ford man’s frustration.

“I had the wrong woods out there, simple as that, but he did play really well,” admitted Bill who reached the county semis this summer.

“From about the third end onwards I realised it was going to be tough,” he said. “I got to 5-3, but once he got a two on the next I never really got into the game.

“I moved the mat up, tried everything really, but nothing worked for me.”

Barham had won the Walthamstow & District Champions crown three weeks ago and he is steadily picking up trophies as he was also part of the South Woodford team that won the Seeley Trophy earlier in the day.

“It is not a bad day for South Woodford,” he said with a smile. “At Walthamstow we only had one winner, so this is a good day for us and for all small clubs.”

Meanwhile, Nelson did have something to celebrate as he overcame Colin Jones of Wanstead Central in the Geoff Hatfield Trophy.

Nelson opened up a 9-0 lead and was always in charge, eventually winning 21-11 to take the title.

It proved to be an excellent day at Old Dagenham with the hosts putting on an excellent show.

They also got in on the trophy hunt, winning both the Beckett Trophy and the Veteran’s Cup through Terry Hardie, who has been playing for just five years.

Everything was kept in order by excellent match official Jackie Barham-Holt, while Ralph Steadman organised things and president Keith Riley gave out the trophies on the day.


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